In her sentencing statement earlier today Carol Gilbert was clear, concise, honest and bold:
We do not choose jail. We do choose nonviolent direct action. We do choose to try to uphold Article 6 of the United States Constitution which was not allowed in this courtroom. We do choose life over death. But we do not choose jail.
As I was searching for a photo of Carol to include with the earlier post about her sentencing I came across a poem that she wrote in 1999 during the season of Lent while doing time in the Kent County Detention Center, Chesterton, Maryland. It speaks to the heart of what Dominicans (embodied in Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson and Ardeth Platte) are (and do) in the world, and I share it here.
Besides being preachers, the Dominicans are teachers. And from my personal experience knowing Jackie Hudson, we can learn much from them about how to be agents of peace in this world.
Order of Preachers
Itinerants, Mendicants, Beggars.
We preach where we stand–
War zones, inner cities, countries made poor,
refugee centers, gun shows, air shows,
stockholder meetings, military bases,
nuclear-weapons sites, executions,
courts, jails, prisons,
places of power.
Not with words but with actions–
nonviolent civil resistance,
recycle, live simply,
live in community, beat swords into plowshares.
We contemplate. We remember.
We preach with our lives.
We create a culture of peace,
We risk all in faith.